What Happens After Tossing an Orchid in a Hibscus Tree

Real Estate Agent with Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker DRE #00697006

When we bought our house in Hawaii, the former sellers rented back from us for 18 months. So, I got to know them fairly well. They also moved temporarily across the street one December just so I could stay in our house. Super nice people from Canada. The only people I know who are missionaries, reliant on donations and benefactors. This couple work together at University of Nations in Kona, a religious organization that presents specific curriculum to international students.

And the wife grows orchids. She mentioned in passing one day that the best way to grow orchids in Hawaii is to take that potted plant you bought at Safeway or Wal-Mart and, after blooms die, throw it into a tree. Not sure what she meant, I placed a few under our mango tree, but they got overwatered and died. However, the orchid I stuck in our hisbiscus "fired off" last week. Received gorgeous photos from our gardener.

Above is a photograph of the orchid as it attached itself to our hibiscus tree. Three weeks ago, there were no signs of budding other than long green stems forming. Then yesterday, voila! A splash of purple and pink and white like nature ferociously spray-painted. You can see those photos and read more in my personal blog today at this link: OMG Our Hawaii Orchids Bloomed in Kona.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Comments (7)

Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

I just bought my first orchid and now I have the fever to have more.  I can't throw them into trees as we get too cold.  Good luck, I like it when nature takes care of itself.

Mar 28, 2019 10:07 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

We always have an orchid or two ...and I am amazed at how long we keep them "among the living."

Mar 28, 2019 12:20 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Now that is amazing, Elizabeth. I always have an orchid in the house... alas no tree to toss it into when it's dead!

Mar 28, 2019 02:51 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi Elizabeth - the result is certainly incredible.  Okay, does this method work on the mainland?  Or will I continue to look like a fool at  the nursery?

Mar 28, 2019 02:52 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes & Interiors

I like that idea and may try it myself.  I noticed recently that one of my bromeliads attached itself to a tree and is growing nicely there.  

Mar 28, 2019 06:04 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Elizabeth- after years of growing orchids and carrying them in and out during a rare South Florida freeze or hurricane, I gave in and placed as many of my orchids on my trees or hung many from the branches. They thrived!  Now that I'm back in Houston, I am down to 5 orchids and it's killing me. 

Mar 28, 2019 06:59 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Elizabeth. This is truly amazing. I never knew. Beautiful picture.

Mar 29, 2019 06:41 AM